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itworld.com: It seems to be a bad time to be a Linux website. After a September 2011 breach on kernel.org and several other Linux Foundation web sites, it appears that community site Linux.org has been down for quite a while as well.
Whether we like it or not, H.264 is "the" de-facto standard on the Internet. Every time you visit Youtube, you are watching a video encoded using the H.264 standard. The video quality is great, the compression is astonishing. And so is the price. H.264 is subject to a huge number of software patents. You need to pay hefty licensing fees if you want to create H.264 files today. We, the users, are not feeling this as we are not paying a cent. However, the freedoms allowed by this format are limited, and vague at best: here is why.
Read the article at Free Software Magazine.
arstechnica.com: The Raspberry Pi foundation attempted to launch its $35 Linux computer on Tuesday evening, but the organization's retail partners couldn't cope with the massive demand. Two British electronic component distributors that intended to sell the product were unable to do so--their websites went down.
dedoimedo.com: This is going to be a clowns-quality article - sad and tragic and most likely unfunny. But some of you may yet chuckle at the contents displayed. For 'tis not just any article about funny stuff, it's one that has to do with computers and operating systems.
indiatimes.com: "You know about the two rules right for interviewing Richard?" a volunteer asks before leading us to meet Richard Stallman, the man who fights for free software day in and out.
DesktopLinux.com's publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ...
ghacks.net: Some time ago I started to look into Google Search alternatives. This had a number of reasons, from too much noise on Google results pages over deteriorating quality to privacy concerns.
bizjournals.com: In a blog post by Red Hat’s legal team, the company says the piracy and intellectual property acts “raise enormous concerns for North Carolina home grown technology companies like Red Hat. ... Their potential effect on jobs and innovation is a matter of serious concern.”
news.opensuse.org: End of January the US Congress will vote to pass two laws, the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) and the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA). If these laws pass they would enable copyright holders to get court orders against websites accused of doing or facilitating copyright infringement.
digitizor.com: The Internet is set to witness a phenomenal change in 2012 with 5 major changes under way, having the potential to modify Internet history like never before.
makeuseof.com: We all love working, don’t we? Those long hours spent in an office working on a computer never get tiresome, dull, or frustrating, do they? Or am I wrong in this assumption? Yes, yes I am.
itworld.com: The damage from the September 2011 cracking of several Linux Foundation web sites seems to have been repaired, though one site won't be coming back: the Linux Developer Network.